A Friend Sadly Missed: Mrs Alaere Alaibe
I am devastated and very sad to report the passing away
of one of Support For Africa’s faithful and strong supporters.
Mrs Alaere Alaibe passed away this year.
Alaere was the first Nigerian to take up a Support
For Africa healthcare centre building programme in her
local village of Opokuma in Bayelsa State. This was
our third healthcare centre and thanks to Alaere’s enthusiasm
and energy, it is one of our most successful and the
only one built in collaboration with a Nigerian charity,
the FREE Foundation, which was founded by Alaere to
educate local women thereby helping them and their families
out of poverty.
She had a great love for her people and worked tirelessly
with Support For Africa and her foundation to bring
healthcare and education to the poor in her village,
improving the health and literacy in the community.
The mission of her foundation was “To reorient,
educate and empower the family, with the aim of bringing
back real values of hard work, honesty, morality and
enterprise through education, counselling and skills
acquisition programmes with special attention to the
Despite having the full time job as a mother, she achieved
all of these and led by her personal example. She was
active, energetic, caring, encouraging, always cheerful,
with an open and giving nature. She was such a wonderful
spirit and great fun to be around. Nigeria and her home
State of Bayelsa and indeed all of us are poorer for
losing a wonderful human being and at such a young age.
Support For Africa and I have lost a great friend and
a special ambassador of the charity. May she find peace
and eternal rest.
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Today, we live in a Global Village.
Our neighbours are only a few thousands miles away -
their pain is our pain.
At the HIV/AIDS meeting at the House of Commons on
the 19th January, Secretary of State for International
Development, Hilary Benn MP stated that, "HIV/AIDS
is the greatest threat to development." He went
on to say, "There is a human cost in all of this,
life expectancy gains in some countries is being wiped
The sub-Saharan African nations are the worst hit by
HIV/AIDS. Decades of development that saw increases
in the economies of these nations have been destroyed.
The pandemic is undermining everything from food production
and national security to education. Without widespread
global action, this downward trend will continue.
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Aims of the Charity
objectives of Support For Africa are to inform the people
of the developed world of the terrible effect that AIDS
is having on the people of Sub-Saharan Africa and to
raise funds to provide practical medical help and create
awareness throughout Africa of the devastation caused
by the disease in order to stop its inexorable increase.
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Practical help for Africa will be provided by the creation
of a network of Health Centres throughout Africa, which
will offer primary healthcare, awareness, education,
information, dietary advice and counselling for AIDS.
the opening of our first One-Stop Health Centre on 26th
October 2002 in Okpanam - Delta State, Nigeria, we are
inviting companies with vested interests in sub-Saharan
African countries, to adopt and build their own Support
For Africa One-Stop Health Centres in rural areas in
countries of their own choice. We are grateful to Intels
Logistics Management Ltd for being the first to
promise two one-stop Health Centres, one in Angola and
another in Rivers State of Nigeria.
It is one of our strongest principles to bring the
local communities to realise their responsibilities
for themselves and to encourage them to develop ways
(commercial or otherwise) to make the running of the
Health Centres self-sufficient after an initial short
two-year period, in which they are wholly supported
by the charity. In this way we hope to be able to galvanise
each community we enter to create a viable and long
lasting solution to their own health care.
The awareness campaign includes global publicity through
sponsored high profile events, one of which was the
Out For Africa" Concert by a 3000 strong Gospel
Choir and celebrities at the Royal Albert Hall on March
10th 2002. Also Patti Boulaye, Founder/President of
Support For Africa organised and led the much televised
5000 gospel singers at Her Majesty the Queen's Golden
Jubilee Procession on 4th June 2002. This was followed
by Michael Jackson's public support of the work
done by Patti and the Charity on 14th June 2002 during
his visit to London.
Due to the sell-out success of our last Royal Albert
hall event which starred Sir Cliff Richard, Gabrielle,
Uri Geller, Rik Waller, Boney M,
Patti Boulaye and 3000 gospel Voices "Reaching
Out For Africa II" will be at the Royal Albert Hall
soon, don't miss it.
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